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Spotlight on ... OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder is often misunderstood and stigmatised. So we've put together a selection of videos, articles and other useful information to break down the stigma and raise awareness.

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'People think it’s just about cleaning. They don’t understand the anxiety. The thought is going round and the anxiety builds up.'

Around half a million Australians live with OCD. Many feel their illness is misunderstood.

Researchers in Sweden have investigated how likely a person with OCD is to attempt suicide.

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Have you seen OCD stigma?

There’s a lot of misrepresentation of OCD in the media. But there’s something you can do to help. Report mental health stigma to SANE’s StigmaWatch.

There are lots of myths that alienate people with OCD, stigmatise the experience and stop people seeking help.

SANE’s OCD Mythbusters, made with the cast of Aussie movie What If It Works?, combat these myths.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and King’s College in London looked at how stressful life events can affect the severity of OCD symptoms.

Please help people affected by OCD, or other complex mental illnesses, and support the SANE Help Centre.

$20 will help someone through a crisis and connect them to a life saving service.